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NDOF, Week One

Ok, we made it through the first week. Lunches were planned and packed, with snacks and more snacks ready to go. I made breakfast every day for myself and sent Steve off with his preferred breakfast, too. Dinners were all made, but not quite planned out. That was the downfall, really. No planning ==> a lot of pasta and white carbs. Not ideal, but delicious. I’ll be a better planner about this in the coming week…

The week was not without temptations, though. The co-worker’s birthday celebration that presented not only doughnuts (my downfall), but also Georgetown Cupcakes: that was a challenge. The plate of cookies that we used to lure in students: that was a challenge. The new cafe at work held a soft opening, wherein they were taking orders and giving out food and beverages for free: that one was a challenge I didn’t win. The iced tea was lovely. Let’s not tell Steve.KellySignatureCard

 

No Dine Out February, Again

Let’s pretend I post here regularly, and that my last substantive post wasn’t like 8 months ago, mmk? Deal.

For the second year in a row, we’re doing a “No Dine Out February.” We don’t pay to eat out, drink out, have coffee, grab a scone, nothing, from February 1st through the 29th (leap year!), and we’re only allowed to eat what we pack and plan. No pity meals, no free food at work….just packed breakfasts and lunches, planned dinners, and meals at people’s homes.

Why? It saves money. It forces us to be more cognizant about what we’re eating and how we’re planning. It encourages sharing food in a home setting rather than out for a change.

February is a short month so it’s not too scary.

Last year, we figured out that we saved an embarrassing $1,500.00. We eat out a lot, but not because we’re lazy or can’t cook (on the contrary: I love to cook and I’m not half bad). We eat out a lot because we live in a city with fantastic food and drink options, it’s how we socialize most of the time, and we love it. We don’t spend time and money on movies, sports, whatever else people spend money on; we spend time and money traveling, eating, and drinking.

So today, this Sunday before February begins, I’ll prep some lunches and breakfasts for the week, get my dinner plans in order, and hope for the best.

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And Then I Got on the Scale: Week Four

I tried so hard to be good this week, I really did. I planned and executed well-balanced dinners, I ate fiber and protein laden breakfasts. But lunch? No, I was terrible at lunch this week. I think I packed lunch twice, and once was only because our lovely friends who made us dinner on Sunday night sent us home with leftovers…so that wasn’t even me that time. The other days, I was either working through lunch, or dependent on Papa John’s pepperoni pizza left over from work events, eaten (of course) in a 7 minute window of time between events and appointments. I allowed myself a few indulgences: dill pickle chips (rationed out over two days, of course), tiny brie wheels with two squares of Chocolove orange peel 55% dark chocolate, wine, wine, wine….

I was even active-ish this week. Instead of bussing or shuttling to work every day this week, two days I bussed part of the way and walked about a mile the rest of the way. One of my routes takes me through a beautiful residential neighborhood, and the other, along a main road through the University’s main campus. I should honestly do that more often: some exercise–however minimal–done before I even step foot in the office. I can do it in my work clothes with my makeup on, and then finish the day by walking home from a further-away bus stop.

So that led me to Thursday night, the night before weigh in. Healthy dinner? check. A little indulgent snack to tide me over? Check. Sensible amounts of white wine? Check check check. But there was beer. Really heavy dark beer, that I simply had to try. Usually not a problem, but the night before weigh in? That’s like scarfing down a loaf of heavy bread. Great plan.

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This week, I lost 1 lb, for a total loss of 4.4lbs.

I guess it was fine! Staying on the right track, allowing the indulgences, and a beer, and I can do this. Bam.

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